PINEDALE – On Nov. 17 the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) about an overdue aircraft. Myles McGinnis, a 63-year-old LaBarge resident, and his Cessna 182 aircraft were last seen on radar along the border of Sublette and Lincoln counties in the vicinity of the Upper Hoback Road.
McGinnis left Stevensville, Mont. at approximately 11:30 a.m. that Saturday and was due to arrive at the Ralph Wenz Airport in Pinedale around 2:30 p.m.
At first light on Sunday, Sublette County’s Tip Top Search and Rescue (TTSAR), Lincoln County Search and Rescue (LCSAR), the Sublette County Emergency Management and the SCSO began searching the area of last radar contact without locating the craft.
Search and rescue efforts continued into Monday, TTSAR personnel searching on foot and with snowmachines, as well as using hand held receivers to try and detect an emergency locator transmitter signal on board the plane. Fixed wing aircraft from the CAP and a helicopter from the Teton County Search and Rescue were standing by but unable to search by air due to heavy fog and low cloud cover. Monday’s search revealed nothing.
By Tuesday morning, nearly two feet of fresh snow had fallen since the aircraft was reported missing. Teams continued the search on foot and by air as weather conditions improved, but snow and rugged territory made ground searches difficult. As of Wednesday afternoon, search and rescue teams had still been unable to locate the aircraft of McGinnis.